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                                       Issue 5 September 2007

                                        See Inside
                                        * Stars Read!            * Initiatives 2007
                                        * Make a Book 2007       * Resources and Materials
                                        * Welcome                * Competition
JCSPNewsletter - Issue 5 September 2007 - JUNIOR CERTIFIC ATE SCHOOL PROGR AMME - JCSP.ie
Launch of Stars Read Reading Campaign

      On 30th April last there was great excitement in Croke Park, not because there was on All Ireland about to kick off but
      because JCSP was about to witness the launch of the Stars Read Campaign by An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, featuring five of
      the nationally best known GAA stars.

        Jerry McCarthy, Eoin Kelly, An Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, Seán Kelly, Bernie Kiely and Aideen Cassidy.

                                                                      Ciarán Whelan, member of the Dublin Senior Football
                                                                      team who is an outstanding midfield player and a leader on
                                                                      the pitch came to represent the players at the launch.

                                                                      Eoin Kelly is a member of the Tipperary Senior Hurling
                                                                      team and a dynamic and prolific score-getter making him
                                                                      one of the most exciting forwards to have ever played
                                                                      hurling. He is a past pupil of a JCSP school Scoil Ruain in
                                                                      Killenaule who were well represented at the launch. Eoin
                                                                      also came to the launch to represent the players.

                                                                      Colm Cooper is a member of the Kerry Senior Football
                                                                      team and widely regarded as being one the greatest GAA
                                                                      players ever.

                                                                      Henry Shefflin is a member of the Kilkenny Senior Hurling
                                                                      team. “Hurler of the Year” in 2006 and already considered
                                                                      to be one of the “greats of hurling” confirmed by the team’s
                                                                      recent win.

                                                                      Seán Óg O’hAlpín is member of the Cork Senior Hurling
                                                                      team. One of the famous O’hAlpíns and has been a
                                                                      successful dual player for Cork and for his club Na Piarsaigh.

                                                                      All these great players have given so generously of their
                                                                      time to encourage others to reach their dreams, all heros
                                                                      for the students, both boys and girls.

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Ann Gribbon, Synge St., Ann-Marie Everiston,              An Taoiseach, Mr. Bertie Ahern addressing guests
Palmerstown Sr. Anne, Navan

Mary O’Hanlon, Aileen O’Sullivan, Paul McDonnell,         Eoin Kelly, Jim Windsor McGlynn,
Isabel Baker, Heather Keane, Cork                         Banagher/Ciarán Whelan,Gerry Barry, Limerick

Maria Allen, Ted O’Mahony, Limerick, Suzanne Barrett,
New Ross, Clare Kinsella, Gorey, Maeve Waters, Limerick   Eoin Kelly with JCSP School Librarians

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Sports Stars Read is part of the wider Stars Read Project

      Sport Stars Read, A Collaborative Project between the Junior
      Certificate School Programme, Gaelic Athletic Association
      and the Limerick School of Art and Design College/LIT.

                                   Many JCSP students regularly
                                   attend GAA games and list
                                    inter-county players as their
                                     “sporting heroes”. The high-
                                     profile of gaelic games
                                      among students led the
                                                                       Eoin Kelly, Ciarán Whelan and Adrian Byrne with
                                      JCSP support service to
                                                                       students from Limerick’s School of Art and Design
                                      consider how these stars
                                       could be part of a
                                       campaign to recognise and     * elevate the status of reading for pleasure
                                        celebrate positive role      * support schools that value reading
                                        models for reading. Some     * disseminate good practice for promoting reading
                                         sporting heroes were          for pleasure
                                         approached and invited
                                          to participate in the      Many thanks to the Gaelic Athletic Association, its Former
                                         project to produce a set    President Seán Kelly and all the players who participated
      of posters and other resources using the players’ images to    namely Seán Óg O’hAlpín (Cork), Eoin Kelly (Tipperary),
      emphasise and highlight the importance of engaging with        Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny), Colm Cooper (Kerry) and Ciarán
      reading to support successful learning in schools.             Whelan (Dublin).

      The aim of the project is to:                                  Also thanks to the Limerick School of Art and Design/LIT’s
      * increase awareness of the benefits of reading for            Graphic Design Department, course co-ordinator Adrian
        pleasure and recreation                                      Byrne and final year students Ivor, Gillian, Eric, Iorna, Billy
      * recognise and celebrate the work of sporting stars as        and Mandy, who undertook the project, as part of their
        reading role models                                          client project assignment. The students worked in collabo-
      * change negative perceptions and overturn the myths           ration with Fiona Richardson and Jerry Mc Carthy of the JCSP
        associated with reading                                      support service.

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Sudents Day Out at Launch Of Stars Read Campaign

Students from Coláiste Chathail Naofa, Dungarvan, Co.            President, Mr Seán Kelly. Our presence was requested for a
Waterford and Scoil Ruain, Killenaule, Co. Tipperary travelled   photo shoot with the Taoiseach, Mr Bertie Ahern. A large
to Dublin to meet a select number of GAA stars who partic-       media presence awaited the Taoiseach’s arrival after his
ipated in the Junior Certificate School Programme Stars Read     announcement that weekend of the date for the
Campaign and also the Taoiseach Mr. Bertie Ahern.                forthcoming election. TV3’s television cameras captured
                                                                 Mr Ahern shaking hands with us and we featured on its
For the students of Scoil Ruain, it was a very exciting and      evening news slots. We were then asked to stand in again
proud day as they arrived to meet their Hurling Hero and         with the Taoiseach alongside the JCSP team and GAA
former student of their school, Eoin Kelly.                      players, Dublin’s Ciarán Whelan and Tipperary’s Eoin Kelly.”
                                                                                                         Student reporting
The students from Coláiste Chathail Naofa, wearing
Waterford jerseys following on from Waterford’s magnificent      Before lunching in the Ash Suite, the students visited the
League win the previous day were congratulated by members        GAA museum where much was discovered on GAA past
of the public along route, including some Kilkenny Cats!         and present. From the Ash Suite the students could step
                                                                 out onto the Hogan Stand and take in the size and magnif-
“We were made feel like VIPs!!                                   icence that is Croke Park. The students did the school and
On arriving at Croke Park we were greeted by former GAA          their families proud at this memorable event.

                                                                   Students from Coláiste Chathail Naofa with Eoin Kelly,
                                                                   Ann O’Donnell, JCSP Co-ordinator and Jane O’Loughlin,
  Display of signed Jerseys                                        JCSP School Librarian

  Students from Scoil Ruain and Coláiste Chathail Naofa            Ciarán Whelan with student from Coláiste
  with Jason Sherlock, Eoin Kelly and Ciarán Whelan                Chathail Naofa

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JCSPNewsletter - Issue 5 September 2007 - JUNIOR CERTIFIC ATE SCHOOL PROGR AMME - JCSP.ie
JCSP Initiatives 2007 – 2008
      Since 1997 schools participating in the Junior Certificate       of addressing numeracy is highlighted not only by the
      School Programme have enhanced their students’                   extensive range of everyday life activities that require
      experience of the Junior Cycle through the use of initiatives.   calculation skills but also by the evidence of an increasing rate
      The initiatives programme provides schools with support to       of developmental dyscalculia in schools throughout Europe
      run and measure the effectiveness of innovative teaching         (Shalev, Auerbach, Manor, and Gross-Tsur, 2000). JCSP
      strategies. The evolution of JCSP initiatives during the past    numeracy interventions offer a variety of strategies for
      ten years and the documented impact of these on students         developing students’ numeracy based on the position that
      and teachers alike, reflect the range of elements considered     arithmetical and numerical knowledge can only be achieved
      to be integral to developing a culture of life-long learning.    through the balanced integration of procedural and
      The JCSP initiatives offer teachers the opportunity to adapt     conceptual knowledge (Baroody, 2003; Resnick, 1982; Van
      or devise teaching strategies that entail active learning and    Lehn, 1990). Research suggests that an informal approach to
      that focus on whole child development. The procedure             numerical concepts and procedures results in more effective
      built into the programme whereby teachers review the             learning (Copley, 1999; Nunes, 1992). Mathematical games
      process of conducting initiatives and disseminate their          and active instructional interventions, components of the
      findings through evaluation reports and inservice seminars       JCSP numeracy initiatives, have been shown to have a range
      has created a JCSP knowledge network that encompasses,           of benefits including increasing children’s motivation,
      supports and provides for students, teachers, and schools,       supporting positive attitudes towards mathematics, allowing
      as well as for the wider community.                              student’s to try new strategies and stimulating logical
                                                                       reasoning (Blum and Yocum, 1996; de la Cruz, Cage and
      In recent years the concept of “adolescent literacy” has         Lian, 2000; Quinn, Koca, and Weening, 1992).
      been identified and investigated as a key to ensuring
      positive educational outcomes and addressing social              While the critical emphasis on literacy and numeracy is
      exclusion. Adolescent literacy is seen as crucial because        demonstrated in the development of specific initiatives, the
      “To participate fully in society and the workplace in 2020,      JCSP’s whole school approach philosophy is evidenced in
      citizens will need powerful literacy abilities that until now    the wealth of cross-curricular and subject specific initiatives
      have been achieved by only a small percentage of the             that are taking place in schools throughout the country.
      population…Being literate in contemporary society means          Initiatives as varied as Christmas Celebration, Trips to an Art
      being active, critical, and creative users not only of print     Gallery, Physical Education Initiatives, and Samba Music are
      and spoken language but also of the visual language”             being developed and personalised by teachers to impact
      (Vacca, 1998, p.5). Research has shown that traditionally        not only on student’s academic outcomes but on their
      the focus of pedagogical concern has been on early               holistic, long-term development. The opportunity provided
      childhood and adult literacy with active reading education       by these initiatives for students to engage directly in an
      ending at the primary school level (Bean and Readence,           active learning experience contributes to both their self-
      2002; Damico, 2005; Groso de Leon; 2002, Moje, 2002).            esteem and self-efficacy. The long-term benefits of
                                                                       developing these areas are clear in that “children’s beliefs in
      Since 1998 the JCSP, as an integral component of its whole       their efficacy to regulate their own learning activities and to
      school approach to literacy, has supported the creation,         master difficult subject matters affect their academic
      evolution, and expansion of initiatives that directly address    motivation, interest, and scholastic achievement” (Bandura,
      the literacy needs of students. The impact of established        Barbaranelli, Caprara, and Pastorelli, 1996, p. 1206).
      JCSP literacy initiatives such as the Reading Challenge,         Research in child development has shown that the strength
      Readalong, and Who Wants to be a Word Millionaire, is            of a child’s efficacy beliefs will determine the extent of their
      evident not only in students’ improved reading test results,     occupational aspirations, the degree of effort they will
      but also by the number of schools that continue to use and       invest in developing an educational basis to pursue a range
      develop these interventions from year to year. The scope         of careers as well as the effort and success of their academic
      for a creative approach to general literacy is illustrated by    work (Betz and Hackett, 1986; Lent, Brown, and Hackett,
      the array of new JCSP initiatives that schools have been         1994). The JCSP students, who, traditionally, would have
      encouraged to try this year including Drop Everything and        had limited chances in school to gain beliefs in their own
      Read and Digital Storytelling.                                   abilities, are, by taking part in initiatives, able to explore
                                                                       their individual potential, set and achieve personal goals,
      In JCSP the development of literacy skills is coupled with       and, in so doing, perhaps gain an enhanced vision of their
      empowering children to become numerate. The importance           own membership in an inclusive knowledge society.

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JCSPNewsletter - Issue 5 September 2007 - JUNIOR CERTIFIC ATE SCHOOL PROGR AMME - JCSP.ie
JCSP Initiatives 2006 – 2007
This year we are delighted to be able to offer schools the widest range of initiatives yet. The more established initiatives such
as Readalong and Paired Reading continue to grow in strength while new and innovative initiatives are continually being
developed. A full listing is provided to JCSP Co-ordinators at the start of the school year. Schools can now apply on-line –
jcsp@iol.ie for the following initiatives. Schools can only apply for a maximum of eight initiatives and the Christmas
celebration. Schools will be informed of the initiatives they are successful in getting. Initiatives will be granted based on the
proposal and are subject to funding being available. New schools are confined to a number of particular setting up initiatives.

Have you returned your evaluations from last year? If not please let the support service know if the initiative is still
underway. However if the initiative is finished please do return the initiative evaluation on – line if you have not already
done so. Remember, it will affect your successful application for initiative this year so go on – line to get in line……..

Subject Specific Initiatives

   Irish Morning: schools host an Irish morning.

   Simulation: simulating real life eg village street etc
   gives opportunity for practicing Irish.

   Gaeltacht: JCSP students turn their school/class
   into a Gaeltacht or visit a Gaeltacht region.

   Software: software purchased for use with JCSP
   students in the Irish department.

   Ceili: Host a ceili with a snack shop ‘as Gaeilge’.

   Storytelling: Bilingual Storytelling with an outside
   storyteller / seanachaí.

   Bodhrán Initiative: combining music and Irish
   Cultural Studies.

   Disposible Camera Initiative Gaeilge: student
   photos to generate interest in creative writing and
   project work in Irish.

                                                                     B o d h r a n – Kylemore College

                                                                      English – Pen pal: can be used with English
                                                                      Statement No.8 and theLetter Writing workbook.

                                                                      English JCSP Readathon: a day’s celebration /
                                                                      promotion of reading for pleasure.

                                                                      English Disposable Camera Initiative: schools
                                                                      can use the student photos to generate interest in
                                                                      creative writing and project work in English.

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Literacy Initiatives

        Story-Telling – St. Tiernan’s Community School, Balally, Dublin

      Reading Interventions                                         Paired Reading Initiative: a short-term reading
                                                                    intervention. Student reading is supported by a tutor. Paired
      “Who Wants to Be a Word Millionaire?”: a short-term           Reading runs 3 to 4 times a week for six weeks. A Paired
      reading intervention, which challenges a class group of       Reading initiative can work where JCSP students act as
      JCSP students to engage in recreational reading, at home      tutors to a primary school class, or senior cycle students
      with the support of their parents, and to collectively read   are reading tutors for a JCSP class or parents work with
      a total of one million words. Support materials are           students as tutors. Support materials are provided.
      provided to schools.                                          Also, Paired Reading Top Up.

      “Who Wants to Be a Word Millionaire?”: Top Up
      Initiative enables schools to acquire additional reading
      materials to repeat the initiative.

      Reading Challenge Initiative: a short-term reading
      intervention, developed by a JCSP school Co-ordinator.
      Students are challenged to read a book a week for six
      weeks. Parental involvement is an element of this
      intervention. Reading Challenge motivates students to
      read and review books; they also track their reading and
      are awarded for successfully meeting the reading
      challenge. Support materials are provided.
      Also, Reading Challenge Top up.

      Readalong Initiative: a short-term reading intervention
      where students read while listening to the book being read
      on tape or CD. Students can also review the books and
      track their reading. Support materials are provided             Paired Reading
      Also, Readalong Top Up.

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Reading Programme in the English Classrooms                     Digital storytelling and Oral Language Development:
Initiative: for this initiative schools are asked to consider   Everyone has a story to tell! Digital storytelling revolves
the most appropriate reading laboratory e.g. SRA and to         around the idea of combining telling stories with any of a
use it outside of the learning support context with a first     variety of available multimedia tools. Digital stories are
year JCSP class group. Schools run a six week programme         short films made by students using computers and
using a reading laboratory resource, aimed at accelerating      photographs, drawings, sound etc. The short film/video can
reading and providing students with a regular opportunity       be created by an individual or group of students.
to read at their own level and track their progress.
                                                                Book Reviews: students given book tokens and supported
Keyword Initiative: Students are challenged to learn            in buying books to be reviewed.
keywords and key spellings across subject areas. Support
materials are provided.                                         General Literacy Initiatives: this will allow schools to
                                                                come up with their own imaginative response to the
Spelling Challenge: subject teachers interested offer           literacy difficulties that they are encountering among
students a challenge in order to motivate the learning          their students.
process. Spelling journals are available for the challenge.

Author in Residence Initiative: This programme would
particularly focus on creative writing skills development
where an author would work for a period of time with a
group of students. Schools could link with Poetry Ireland
Writers in Schools Residencies Scheme.

Storytelling: Storytelling with an outside storyteller /
seanachaí who will introduce the art of storytelling.

Drop Everything and Read (DEAR): promoting reading
across the whole school or year group. At a set time
everyday for a week everyone reads together.                      End of Year Clebration – Inver College

                                                                New schools literecy Project

  Drop Everything and Read (DEAR)

Primary Picture Books: JCSP students link with a primary
school class and choose an appropriate picture book to
read to the students.

Reading Corners: this initiative can be used to create a
classroom reading corner. Bean bags and walkmans could
be a feature of the classroom reading corner.

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Numeracy Initiatives

           Numeracy – Arklow Community College, Co. Wicklow

         Paired Maths Initiative: the “Paired Maths” Initiative
         provides opportunities for schools to develope a framework
         for linking Fifth Year/TY students with JCSP students to
         support the development and enhancement of mathematical
         and numerical competencies among JCSP students.

         Maths Games Initiative: this initiative provides opportu-
         nities for teachers to source and acquire maths games
         and/or maths activity packs.

         “Make Your Own Opoly” Initiative: using and adapting
         the “Make Your Own Opoly” starter pack (which is based on
         the “Monopoly” boardgame), teachers can construct and
         develop their own boardgames to generate interest in maths.

                                                                         Make Your Own Opoly – Firhouse Community
                                                                         College, Dublin

                                                                       Cross Aged Paired Maths Initiative: the establishment
                                                                       and implementation of a cross-aged paired maths

           Make Your Own Opoly – Firhouse Community                    General Numeracy Initiative: enables schools to acquire
           College, Dublin                                             and use age-appropriate experiential resources and games
                                                                       in mathematics and numeracy.

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Flash Master Maths Initiative                                   Flash Master Maths Initiative

Flashmaster Maths Initiative: This initiative introduces        Tables, and Subtraction Tables in a fun way. Students can
a new piece of Maths equipment that has been used               set goals for speed and accuracy at different levels in any
successfully in the States for a number of years. The           of the 4 table areas. Teachers can monitor and customise
Flashmaster is a handheld device that looks like a calculator   the Flashmaster to practise particular skills or revisit special
but does much more. It allows students to practise their        problem areas. The Flashmaster can be set to ‘remember’
maths facts Multiplication Tables, Division Tables, Addition    the areas that cause difficulty.

Developing the Arts Initiatives
                                                                Samba Music in a Cross Curricular Initiative: students
                                                                learn to perform Samba Music and participate in a cross-
                                                                curricular project related to Brazil and/or carnival.

                                                                Trip to an Art Gallery: aims to enrich the students’ artistic
                                                                and aesthetic education in a stimulating and inspiring
                                                                environment where they are allowed to interact with and
                                                                respond to works of art.

                                                                Drama or Dance Initiative: schools look to local or
                                                                regional drama and dance groups who offer workshops
                                                                to schools in areas such as performance, improvisation,
                                                                mime, clowning, dance and movement, storytelling etc.

  S a m b a – Larkin College, Dublin.

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         Co-ordination Initiatives
         Team Building Initiative: developing profiling meetings          Modern Language
         and the cross-curricular dimensions of the JCSP.                 Modern Languages Initiative: purchase of relevant
                                                                          software/ magazine or website subscriptions/materials.
         JCSP Student Folder Photographs: co-ordinators
         purchase a photo printer and cartridges for JCSP student         Modern Languages Camera Initiative: schools can use
         and teacher use. This adds an exciting dimension to student      the student photos to generate interest in
         folder work and displays of students’ work.                      creative writing and project work in a Modern Language.

                                                                          Home Economics/Materials Technology Wood Materials
                                                                          Technology Metal: developing creative approaches to
                                                                          the teaching of these subjects to JCSP students.

                                                                          Humanities – Geography/History /ESS Projects:
                                                                          developing creative approaches to the teaching of these
                                                                          subjects to JCSP students.

                                                                          Twinning with another school: includes a joint collabo-
                                                                          ration on a cross curricular project.
           C h r i s t m a s C e l e b r a t i o n – Jobstown
                                                                          Study Skills and Guidance Initiative: developing study
                                                                          skills and transfer programmes.
         Christmas Celebration: this enables JCSP students; their
         parents and teachers to join in a celebration.                   Field Trip Initiative: students to work on a field trip
                                                                          statement in Geography, History, Science or ESS.
         Physical Education
         PE Initiative: students complete statement 6 for Physical
         Education by participating in one of the following activities:
         hill walking, canoeing, rock climbing, orienteering, sailing
         or windsurfing.

         Science Initiative: developing creative approaches to the
         teaching of Science to JCSP students.

                                                                            F i e l d T r i p T o T h e B u r r e n – Salesian Secondary
                                                                            School, Limerick

                                                                          Subject Topic Boxes: topic books and resources related
                                                                          to individual subject areas are gathered.

                                                                          Project Box: (only available for new schools) the JCSP
                                                                          Project box is a very useful and practical initiative. Schools
                                                                          put together a box of materials – markers/pritt stick /
                                                                          pencils / paper clips/ staplers etc to support the students in
           S c i e n c e – Colaiste Mhuire, Co. Kilkenny
                                                                          their various projects.

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A Book 2007

          Student Exhibits

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A Book 2007
A Book   2007
  Make A Book 2007

                                                               St. Kevin’s Book on Castles based on the
                                                               Camera Initiative

                                                               A Wonderful Trip down Memory Lane from Our
                                                               Lady’s Training and Education Centre, Quartertown,
   St. Enda’s Limerick display on EU countries                 Mallow, Co.Cork

   Lord Mayor Of Dublin………..officially launches the 2007 Make A Book at Dublin’s Civic Offices,
   pictured with JCSP Staff

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Make A Book 2007

          Staff and students from St.Nessan’s, Limerick with
          their book and display on Past, Present and Future   St. Paul’s Waterford. It’s All About Us

          Students enjoying Make A Book in Dublin              Students eagerly searching for answers to quiz

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Europe Comes to St. Aidan’s
A Cross Curricular Approach to Make A Book
                                                              CSPE:                  Students worked on flags of
                                                                                     countries and learned about

                                                              ESS:                   Students learned about the beginning
                                                                                     of the EU, the countries and the
                                                                                     history of these countries.

                                                              Computers:             Graphs were drawn and letters
                                                                                     typed up. Slide presentations were
                                                                                     prepared for each student’s country

                                                              H o m e E c o n o m i c s : Food was prepared for visitors to
                                                                                          give a flavour of the cuisine from
                                                                                          each of the different countries.

                                                              A programme to present the book to the school was
                                                              planned. It gave the students the opportunity to inform
  Mr Barry O’Brien, CEO, Cork County VEC presenting           other students in St. Aidan’s about the European Union.
  Make A Book Certificates to students at St Aidans           Letters were again written to Presidents, Kings and Queens
                                                              of the EU countries inviting them to the programme.
                                                              Ambassadors were also invited as well as MEPs, local
                                                              politicians, the Board of Management, parents and
                                                              students. Each student prepared a slide presentation on
As part of the Junior Certificate Schools Programme, class
                                                              their country and displayed the materials they had
Antoin of St. Aidan’s Community College, Dublin Hill, Cork
                                                              gathered. They also displayed the letters received from the
undertook a task of making a book. The subject selected
                                                              Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Taoiseach and Queen
was the European Union and the students invited Mr. Simon
                                                              Elizabeth’s Office, just to name a few!
Coveney MEP to come to visit them. Each student did
a report on their chosen country and, to get more
information, letters were written in English to ambassadors
of their countries requesting materials and information.
Work was also under way in other subject areas.

Science:              Reading temperature, Ms Karina
                      Buckley, an RTE weather presenter
                      visited the class.

Maths:                Two graphs were made, one on the
                      enlargement of the EU done on the
                      computer and another showed the
                      temperature of their country and
                      the mean and mode had to be
                      figured out.

Woodwork:             Maps of the countries were drawn
                      on wood and cut out in the
                      woodwork class.

Metalwork:            a stand was made to display the book.

Irish:                Students wrote an acknowedgement          Scottish Piper joins St. Aidan’s students on Europe Day
                      in Irish in the book.

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Welcome to the new JCSP Website

  Login here to return
  final profiles and initiative
  evaluation reports online.
  If you don’t have a user
  name and password               View and order resources
  please contact JCSP             and materials online
  office and they will be
  happy to assist

                                                    Visit the forum for JCSP Co-ordinators
                                                    and teachers. Ask a question.
                                                    Share ideas.

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JCSP literacy site

Visit the JCSP student
site by clicking here

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New Schools joining JCSP Demonstration Library Project
          A big Welcome to the ten new schools and their Librarians joining the library project this year

          School                                                             Librarian
          Abbey Community College, Wicklow                                  Stephen Doherty
          C.B.S. James's St., Dublin 8                                      Dympna Kiernan
          Coláiste Dhulaigh, Coolock, Dublin 17                             Ann Hughes
          Enniscorthy Vocational College                                    Eadaoin Quinn
          Jobstown Community College, Tallaght, Dublin 24                   Karen O'Shea
          Killinarden Community School, Tallaght, Dublin 24                 Helen McMahon
          Kylemore College, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10                          Joseph Peelo
          Mount Carmel Secondary School, Dublin 1                           Jane Shee
          St. Kevin's Community College, Clondalkin, Dublin 22              Derbhaill O'Connor
          Trinity Comprehensive School, Ballymun, Dublin 9                  Sinéad Cunningham

          Also, best of luck to Ann Masterson who will be joining the project as school librarian in Terence MacSwiney Community
          College, Cork

          Junior Certificate Support Programme (JCSP) Demonstration Library Project
          for ten more post primary schools as part of the DEIS Action Plan.
          The Demonstration Library Project began in 2001 as part of
          the Department of Education and Science Early Literacy
          Initiative to provide literacy and numeracy support for
          students up to Junior Certificate level. Introduced in 1996,
          the JCSP is aimed at providing support for Junior Certificate
          students who are experiencing difficulty or who may be at
          risk of leaving school early. Minister Hanafin said “This
          project is just one in a broad range of supports this
          Government has introduced to provide additional supports
          for children who are at risk of leaving school early. These       Some of the JCSP Librarians at the launch of the Stars
          students need extra help to make the most of the opportu-         Read Campaign with Eoin Kelly and the JCSP Senior
          nities available to them in school. Ten extra schools will        librarian Kathleen Moran
          now benefit from quality school libraries staffed by profes-
          sionally qualified librarians who will have professional        These schools, catering for disadvantaged students,
          research support. Last year almost 3,700 students               will be encouraged to reinforce the concept of the whole-
          benefited from these enhanced supports. In order to             school approach and will be supported to:
          further support numeracy and literacy initiatives, funding
          will increase from e2.5million to e4million next year.”         * set up and equip high quality school libraries
                                                                          * develop structured library based strategies with ICT
          Launched last year, the DEIS Action Plan (Delivering              support for JCSP students with literacy difficulties
          Equality of Opportunity in Schools) is a comprehensive          * employ professionally qualified school librarians who
          programme involving over e40million extra each year,              will work with the teaching staff to develop and
          aimed at providing all of the supports that children from         implement the JCSP Literacy Strategy and who will be
          socially and economically disadvantaged areas need to             supported by the Project Librarian and the JCSP
          make the most of the educational opportunities available          Support Service
          to them. Under DEIS the Demonstration Library Project will      * participate in an ongoing monitoring and evaluation
          be extended on a phased basis to an additional 50                 process which is a major part of the project.
          Postprimary schools.

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New Materials
Student System Profile Handbook                              Irish Keywords
The support service undertook a revamp of the Student
System Profile Handbook over the summer and in due course
3 new folders will be available to all JCSP Co-ordinators.

                                                                                 JCSP Irish

* Subect Statements Folder
* Cross Curricular Statements
* Co-ordinator’s Folder

The statements have been redesigned and based on
feedback from co-ordinators it was felt that having the
statements in a loose leaf folder would be very useful.
Additions can also be added as the profiles are further
developed or refined. We hope you find the new look a
refreshing change.
                                                             Irish Keywords
Make A Book                                                  Poster
Make sure you get your
copies of the Make A Book
magazine for any students
that were involved this
year. It will give you lots of
ideas for what you might
do next year with your
JCSP students.

                                                             Irish Certificate

                                 Maths Poster

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New Paired Reading Support Materials

         Paired Reading has become one of the most popular and            We hope that you will find the materials useful. Included
         successful of the JCSP Literacy initiatives and schools have     with the new materials are the following:
         found that the intervention is very effective in raising
         literacy levels of students, improving their attitude to         * a resource book for teachers offering some guidelines
         reading and giving the students a great injection of               and resources for running a paired reading project.
         confidence. The JCSP research showed too that cross age          * posters to highlight the initiative in your school
         peer tutoring is particularly effective as the tutor can gain    * bookmarks
         so much from the role.                                           * paired reading folder for the students involved.
                                                                          * certificates for the tutors and for the younger readers
         In the new guidelines there are some suggestions as to how         for participating in the initiative
         JCSP students themselves can be trained as reading tutors to
         2nd class students. There are also suggestions for running       There is also a separate paired reading guidelines booklet to
         paired reading with parents as tutors. The training materials    offer your tutors as part of their tutor training programme.
         can also be used with your senior cycle students being trained
         as tutors. Useful forms and templates that may be useful in
         running a project are included in the resource pack.

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Junior Certificate School Programme

          JCSP Folder Dividers

     Inviting all students to design folder
         dividers for your JCSP folder.

            You may choose any section of the folder for your design
   e.g Cross Curricular, New Statements, Maths, Events, Gaeilge, Celebrations,
        Geography, Statements Completed, Good Memories, Woodwork,
                 Certificates and Awards, English ………………..

                    Design your folder divider on an A4 page.
                       Closing date November 22nd 2007

                                 All entries to:
 JCSP Support Service, Folder Divider Competition, Curriculum Development Unit,
                       Sundrive Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12

 Don’t forget to put your name, class and school on the back of your entry
Useful Contacts
                                                                        Writers in Schools scheme which part-funds visits by
         Drama and Rap                                                  authors to schools.

         Workshops                                                      Poetry Ireland:  www.poetryireland.ie
                                                                                         01 475 8601
         Eileen Holihan, JCSP Librarian at Larkin Community             Neville Thompson nevthompson@eircom.net
         College recommends Catherine Simon, who did                                     087 235 7418
         workshops on anti-bullying and drug awareness with
         Larkin’s JCSP students.

         Email:         cassimon@hotmail.com
                                                                        Traditional Music
         Phone:         086 874 7024                                    Jane O’Loughlin, organised a lunchtime “seisiun” in the library
                                                                        at Colaiste Cathail Naofa recently. The visiting musicians
                                                                        were Seanan Brennan and Martin Crossan from Donegal.
         Comedy Workshops                                               Jane reported that they worked very well with all students
                                                                        and she would highly recommend them.
         The comedienne and actress Sinead Culbert has recently
         done comedy workshops with JCSP students in two                Email:            seananbrennan@gmail.com
         schools which have reportedly gone down a bomb. Sinead         Phone:            087 414 4411
         brought props – wigs, enormous plastic ears etc and got
         students in groups to perform sketches around these.
         She does follow up workshop also, recording the students.
         Her contact number is 087 640 6565 and she works
                                                                        Tanglewood Designs
         under the business name Seriously Funny.                       Trophies, medals, personalised items suitable for Prize Giving.
                                                                        Catalogue available on request.

         Creative Writing                                               Tanglewood Designs
         Author and playwright Neville Thompson has done many           Dundalk
         creative writing workshops with JCSP classes, most recently    Co Louth
         at Collinstown Park Community School. He works very            Email:       mgordon@iol.ie
         well with JCSP students. Neville is part of Poetry Ireland’s   Phone:       042 9376323 (after 6pm)

               Welcome/Céad Míle Fáilte to schools
               joining the JCSP 2007

         Vocational School – Muine Bheag, Co Carlow                     St Aengus Post Primary School – Mountrath, Co. Laoise
         Kilrush Community School – Kilrush, Co. Clare                  Scoil Uí Mhuirí – Dunleer, Co. Louth
         Coláiste Rossa – Skibereen, Co. Cork                           Ard Scoil Chiaráin Naofa – Clara, Co. Offaly
         Bishop McEgan College – Macroom, Co. Cork                      Ballinode College – Ballinode, Co. Sligo
         St. Patrick’s College – Gardiner’s Hill, Cork                  Gairm Scoil Mhuire – Thurles, Co. Tiperary
         Bishopstown Community College – Bishopstown, Cork              Meánscoil San Nioclás – An Rinn, Co. Portláirge
         Deerpark CBS – St. Patrick’s Road, Cork                        Columba College – Killucan, Co. Westmeath
         Crana College – Buncrana, Co. Donegal                          Bridgetown Vocational – Bridgetown, Co. Wexford
         Gairmscoil Chuige Uladh – Lifford, Co. Donegal                 Coláiste Abbain – Adamstown, Co. Wexford
         O’Connell School – North Richmond St., Dublin                  St. Kevin’s Community College – Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow
         Loretto College – Crumlin, Dublin                              Coláiste Mhuire – Buttevant, Co. Cork
         St. Michael’s Holy Faith – Finglas, Dublin                     Coláiste Chiaráin – Croom, Co. Limerick
         Rosary College – Crumlin, Dublin
         St. Patrick’s College – Tuam, Co. Galway
         Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiaráin – Carraroe, Co. Galway            Welcome aboard the JCSP to all and hoping your
         Community College – Kilorglin, Co. Kerry                       first year will be a successful one

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Course                                                                                         Dates                        Venues
                         Implementation Meeting for Principals and Co-ordinators new to the JCSP             Tuesday 11th September 2007   The Regency Hotel, Drumcondra

                         Implementation Meeting for Schools New to the JCSP and New co-ordinators          Wednesday 12th September 2007   The Regency Hotel, Drumcondra

                         Co-ordinators meeting                                                               Monday 24th September 2007    Limerick Education Centre

                         Co-ordinators meeting                                                               Monday 24th September 2007    Regency Hotel, Drumcondra

                         Co-ordinators meeting                                                               Tuesday 25th September 2007   Monaghan Education Centre

                         Co-ordinators meeting                                                               Tuesday 25th September 2007   The Ambassador Hotel, Cork

                         Co-ordinators meeting                                                              Thursday 27th September 2007   Venue to be announced

                         Teachers New To The JCSP                                                            Monday    8th October 2007    The Days Hotel, Galway

                         Teachers New To The JCSP                                                            Monday    8th October 2007    The Ambassador Hotel, Cork

                         Teachers New To The JCSP                                                            Tuesday   9th October 2007    Dublin West Education Centre

                         Teachers New To The JCSP                                                            Tuesday   9th October 2007    Donegal Education Centre

                         Digital Presentations and the JCSP                                                  Monday 15th October 2007      Dublin West Education Centre

                         Creating and Using Reading Spaces in Your School – Modular                          Tuesday 16th October 2007     Larkin Community College Library

                         Whole School Approach to Literacy Development at Junior Cycle – Modular            Thursday 18th October 2007     The Regency Hotel, Drumcondra

                         Mind Mapping                                                                        Tuesday 23rd October 2007     The Ambassador Hotel, Cork

                         Developing Coping Strategies Among JCSP Students: Circle Time and Choice Theory   Wednesday 24th October 2007     The Sheldon Park Hotel

                         Science and the JCSP                                                                Tuesday   6th November 2007   Dublin West Education Centre

                         Religion and the JCSP                                                              Thursday   8th November 2007   Drumcondra Education Centre

                         Reading and Reader Development at Junior Cycle                                      Monday 19th November 2007     Days Hotel, Galway
                                                                                                                                                                                Inservice Calendar September to December 2007

                         Outdoor Activities and Cross Curricular Links                                      Thursday 22nd November 2007    Kilmurry Lodge Hotel, Limerick

Issue 5 September 2007
                         Making sense of Maths and Numeracy at Junior Cycle                                  Tuesday 27th November 2007    Drumcondra Education Centre

                         English and the JCSP                                                                Tuesday   4th December 2007   The Sheldon Park Hotel

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                         Art and the JCSP                                                                   Thursday   6th December 2007   Irish Musuem of Modern Art
The Support Team

         Aideen Cassidy –     National Co-ordinator                Statia Somers –       JCSP Regional Development Officer
                              Literacy Advisor                                           Literacy Advisor
         Tel:   087 233 3839                                       Tel:   087 263 7837
         Email: aideen.cassidy@cdu.cdvec.ie                        Email: statiasomers@slss.ie
                                                                   Mick O’Riordan –      JCSP Regional Development Officer
         Bernadette Kiely –   Assistant National Co-ordinator                            Literacy Advisor
                              JCSP Library Project Co-ordinator    Tel:   087 216 2351
         Tel:   087 220 8187                                       Email: michaeloriordan@slss.ie
         Email: bernie.kiely@cdu.cdvec.ie
                berniekiely@slss.ie                                Dorothy Butterly – JCSP Regional Development Officer
                                                                                         Literacy Advisor
         Kathleen Moran –     Senior Project Librarian             Tel:   087 654 0246
                              JCSP Demonstration Library Project   Email: dorothybutterly@slss.ie
         Tel:   087 214 7787
         Email: kathleen.moran@cdu.cdvec.ie                        Lisa Carter –        Office Manager
                                                                   Tel:   01 453 5487
         Jerry McCarthy –     JCSP Regional Development Officer    Email: lisa.carter@cdu.cdvec.ie
                              Numeracy Advisor
         Tel:   087 654 0164                                       Tony Dunne –       Office Manager
         Email: jerrymccarthy@slss.ie                              Tel:   01 453 5487
                                                                   Email: tony.dunne@cdu.cdvec.ie
         Isabel Baker –       JCSP Regional Development Officer
                              Literacy Advisor                     Tommy Doonan – Administration
         Tel:   086 172 6174                                       Tel:   01 453 5487
         Email: isabelbaker@slss.ie                                Email: tommy.doonan@cdu.cdvec.ie

         Mary Clare Higgins –JCSP Regional Development Officer     Dorota Ruszczok – Administration
                                Literacy/Numeracy Advisor          Tel:  01 453 5487
         Tel:   087 626 3151
         Email: maryclarehiggins@slss.ie

         The Junior Certificate School Programme Support           Do Get in touch…
         Service is funded by the Teacher Education Section,       ...if we can support your school in any way in
         Department of Education and Science and the               implementing the JCSP. We are available to visit your
         European Social Fund.                                     school, as well as engage in a process of professional
                                                                   development with the team of teachers or the full
         The Junior Certificate School Programme is a              staff. We can provide inputs on any aspect of the JCSP,
         National Programme sponsored by the Department            as well as the JCSP Literacy and Numeracy Strategy, in
         of Education and Science and the National Council         the context of a process of professional development.
         for Curriculum and Assessment.
                                                                   Additionally, please let us know of your views or
         The Junior Certificate School Programme                   comments on any aspect of the Student Profiling
         Demonstration Library Project is funded by the Early      System. We need to hear how you are finding the
         Literacy Initiative and the Delivering Equality of        use of statements in your classroom and how the
         Opportunity in Schools (DEIS) Action Plan.                process of positive feedback to the students is going.

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